Archive for July, 2010

5 ways to spend summer in Scotland

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Summer is in full bloom, most of us think of spending their vacation somewhere, where they could see beautiful places, engage in relaxing activities or just sit back and enjoy the moment. If you decided that this year you would like to spend your free time in Scotland, here are some ideas for what is there to do in the beautiful country:

1. Golf

Scotland is well known for it’s golfing background. If you are an enthusiast of the game, you might fancy spending you time visiting some of over four hundred golf courses – one of the oldest in the world, called links. Usually it is best to make a reservation but there is no problem with arriving unannounced. Scottish golf courses, even though some of them have their own membership policies, make a lot of exceptions for foreign tourists with only requirement being the payment between 5 and 20 GBP, depending on the field size.

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Scottish Words

Sunday, July 11th, 2010
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Scottish words have seeped into our language and added all the color and texture of a tartan plaid. In fact, tartan, which is cloth woven in colored checks and intersecting lines, is one of the many words of Scottish origin that is now recognized world wide.

Lassie, meaning a young unmarried woman, and its companion, laddie, a young man, have been popularized through television and song. Most people in Western cultures have heard the Scottish folk song,  “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”. bonnie means pleasing to the eye.

Quite a few landforms owe their names to Scottish origins. Loch, the word for lake, has gained recognition through widely reported sightings of the legendary monster, Nessie. But words like glen, a secluded valley, and firth, an estuary, are also well recognized. (more…)

Recent Developments in the Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
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As early as the seventh century, rumors and reports of a prehistoric aquatic beast in the mysterious Loch Ness have brought many to visit this dark, deep lake in the Scottish highlands. But the mystery of the Loch Ness monster still remains something more than just legend, as sightings have continued for more than a century now. Take a look at some of the latest developments in this mystery over the last five years.

The one of the last documented observations of the Loch Ness Monster – or Nessie – occurred at October 15th 2005 at 6pm in the evening (we had also one more in 2009). A local park owner named Robbie Girvan was walking his dogs when he saw a long neck emerge from the water. Robbie ran back to grab his camera and managed to snap five photos of a “dark green and silvery” creature before it disappeared once again into the murky depths. (more…)